[Mailman-Users] AOL recipients getting scrambled html messages

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Sat Nov 18 12:18:17 EST 2017

At Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:36:28 -0800 Terry <terry at wildworld.net> wrote:

> I have a few members in a list that have addresses at AOL.com and lately 
> they are reporting that the messages they receive via my distribution 
> list are garbled. What's really happening is that aol is displaying raw 
> html code to them instead of the message. Below is a short excerpt of 
> the start of the messge they receive. There's a strange 
> class="aolReplacedBody" in the first few lines that implies that aol is 
> really messing with the html.
> Any ideas what's happening and how to fix it?

One thing to understand is that if you are adding a Mailman header or footer, 
*Mailman* will want to add that as plain text, so it needs to create a 
multi-part message.  The *easiest* solution is to have Mailman toss the HTML 
and only sent text/plain messages.  Yes on some level this sucks, in that it 
make it impossible to have "formatted" (in the html / rich text sense) 
postings (eg no use of fonts, colored text/backgrounds, inline images, etc.).

> Terry
> / /To: members at mydomain.com
> Sent: 11/15/2017 4:36:01 PM Pacific Standard Time
> Subject: [CSR] Amazingly Awesome Memorial
> <div id="AOLMsgPart_1.2_4219e60e-c0fd-404c-85fc-bed2fc88db83">
> <div style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; 
> -webkit-line-break: after-white-space;" 
> class="aolReplacedBody"><div><blockquote class=""><div dir="ltr" 
> class=""><div class="gmail_quote"><div style="background-color: rgb(255, 
> 255, 255); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida 
> Grande', sans-serif;" class=""><div 
> class="m_4319761772406486274yahoo_quoted" 
> id="m_4319761772406486274yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1510520612793_65525" 
> style="display: block;"><div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 
> Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif;" 
> id="m_4319761772406486274yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1510520612793_65524" 
> class=""><div style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', 
> Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif;" 
> id="m_4319761772406486274yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1510520612793_65523" 
> class=""><div........./
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